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College students disagree with school money shift

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Posted: Nov 12, 2010 9:23 PM by Ashley Rodrigue
Updated: Nov 12, 2010 9:23 PM
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BATON ROUGE- College students say they don't want to fight with elementary schools to keep universities safe from budget cuts.

The state got $147 million to help K-12 school districts hire and pay teachers, but the governor wants to use that money to help fill-in next year's anticipated budget hole. That includes sending some of the money to universities to stave off cuts.

School districts that already spent the promised money, say they're already feeling the pain.

Students say when they asked Bobby Jindal to spread the budget cuts facing higher education, they never meant for the burden to fall on younger students. The undergrads say they also feel guilty because the cash-shuffle sends some of the money to colleges.

The governor's office says shifting certain dollars to universities is a requirement of getting the whole pot of money.

The move is only an idea for now. Legislators have to approve it to turn it into action. They meet in session in the spring.

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